Are the Denver Broncos positioning themselves for a quarterback this offseason? – Denver Broncos blog

November 11, 2021

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – It’s been a little over a week since the Denver Broncos traded their most decorated, veteran and pretty much everything, linebacker Von Miller, to the Los Angeles Rams.

After the trade, the Broncos had their best win in years: 30-16 over the Dallas Cowboys. He raised the Broncos’ record to 5-4 and has allowed them, as general manager George Paton put it after he traded Miller, “still get to the heart of the matter.”

Look, really look, Miller’s trade, current depth chart, Paton’s constant acquisition of draft picks plus his philosophy, and it all has the Broncos poised to swing a quarterback this offseason.

When asked last week if he made the Miller deal with the team’s future as a quarterback in mind, Paton said: “We want flexibility … you don’t want your hands handcuffed. We won’t. We’ll be aggressive and that’s it. you know”. that.”

After consulting with various league executives on the Broncos salary cap situation in relation to salary cap projections, the Broncos will likely be somewhere in the league’s top four in available space when the new season begins. football in March. The Broncos already have 11 draft picks to use next April, and five of them are likely to be in the top 100 after the two they received in exchange for Miller.

In short, they will have money to spend and double-digit draft picks. Oh, and one of the youngest rosters in the league who could still sneak into the playoffs this season. They’ve said from training camp that they are a team on the rise, and that seems to be working.

“Nobody is giving up here,” Fangio put it just days before the Broncos played in Dallas. “We talked to the team about that. We have confidence in the players who will intervene for [Miller]. We have confidence in our team and it still has the ability to improve a lot. We count on that. There is no surrender. “

No matter how this season ends, the Broncos face various decisions as a quarterback. Current starter Teddy Bridgewater, who is on track for the best in yards, completions, completion percentage and touchdowns, is in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent.

That means 2022 will likely be the fifth consecutive season the Broncos have started with a different starting quarterback than the year before. Players from Fangio, Paton and Broncos have consistently lined up in support of Bridgewater this season, but Paton hasn’t said much about Bridgewater’s potential future with the Broncos beyond what the team can do this season.

When asked about the possibility of Drew Lock playing to aid his development, before Lock went on the COVID-19 reserve list last week, Paton simply said:

“We feel like Teddy is our quarterback, Teddy is our leader and we feel that if we can play better with Teddy we will get good results.”

How many of those “good results” the team can get could certainly affect who they pursue or who will eventually want to come to Denver, whether through a trade or free agency. By trading Miller, Paton has given the Broncos freedom and draft assets to search for a quarterback.

“We have a lot of flexibility,” Paton said. “… Can we really do what we want”.